In order to support hurricane recovery activities and to improve future resiliency, Oceanweather (OWI) is in the process of producing a “fast-response” hindcast for Hurricane Michael (2018). A detailed reanalysis of the conditions experienced in a land-falling hurricane are required in any ocean response modeling to provide critical guidance on the extent of the storm wave and surge inundation. OWI can provide wind, pressure, and/or OWI’s standard wave fields for this recent event.

As experts in providing meteorological forcing for ocean response modeling of extreme wind, wave and storm surge events, OWI has a long history of quickly responding to the need for hindcasts of recent or active tropical events. This expertise is also applied in long-term operational and storm hindcasts in public and private sectors around the globe.

Satellite view of Hurricane Michael after landfall on the Florida panhandle (Provided by NOAA).

OWI’s tropical cyclone hindcast expertise, experience, and capabilities are well documented in publications, presentations and exisiting metocean studies. Similar previous fast-response hindcasts include Katrina and Rita in 2005, Sandy in 2012, Harvey in 2017, and recently Florence. These hindcasts have been used by industry and academia, often as the source of high quality reference winds for detailed storm surge modeling. Further details and related papers can be found on our web site at the following links:

Those wishing to obtain results from Hurricane Michael can contact Erin Harris via email at or by phone at 1-203-661-3091.